Acknowledgement of Country

Welcome to the land of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners and caretakers of this land, which includes all of the City of Yarra. The Wurundjeri territory lies within the inner city of Melbourne and extends from the mountains of the Great Dividing ranges south to the Mordialloc Creek, west to the Werribee River and east to Mt Baw Baw.

The Wurundjeri people speak the Woi wurrung language. The Wurundjeri have lived in the Melbourne area from time immemorial. In times of plenty large gatherings occurred between different language groups. The ceremony to welcome different people onto country was known as Tanderrum. Different tribes came for many reasons, such as for trade, initiation, marriage exchange, to discuss politics and for feasting and celebration.

An integral part of the Wurundjeri culture was the highly valued walert-walert (possum skin cloak). Traditionally you are wrapped in one at birth, and the cloak was added to as you grew. With the resurgence of Wurundjeri ceremony and cloak making, they are still being used in Wurundjeri ceremonies today.

Acknowledgement of Country

Marcellin College acknowledges the custodians of the land on which this school stands, Wurundjeri-Balluk clan of Woi wurrung people in the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which the College stands. Marcellin College respectfully recognises Elders, both past and present, and joining in a silent prayer for healing of the pains caused by our Ancestors.

We accept, respect and have shared with the Wurundjeri people in their customs of welcome. The Marcellin College community stands in solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters, and work for justice and true reconciliation.

.Figures in possum skin cloaks
1898
William Barak